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Incorrect Zero-Tolerance Policies

In Youth Rights on October 16, 2013 by edwinforyouthrights Tagged:

Typed by Edwin Bonilla

Earlier this month, a twelfth grade student in Massachusetts was punished for being a designated driver. She went to pick up her friends who drank alcoholic beverages at a party. Police officers arrested the student and other people who were at the party. She was also suspended the school district. That school district has zero-tolerance policies which create the type of rules which schools should not have. Many school districts have oppressive rules against students because of a zero-tolerance attitude. The school district used a rule which tied drinking with designated drivers which is why her punishment is wrong. A person should not be punished for being a designated driver. The amount of age discrimination against young people is overwhelming. A student was punished for being a designated driver due to age. Laws which do this should be repealed. Attitudes which justify those laws and rules should be challenged.

Regardless of age, a person who has a driver’s license should be allowed to be a designated driver. MADD is an ageist organization which said that the twelfth grade student’s friends should have called an adult. What MADD most likely meant was a parent. However, it shouldn’t matter if it was a parent or a friend to goes to pick someone up from a party or other type of event. As we all know, MADD is an organization which supports the drinking age of 21 and is the organization which resulted in the National Minimum Drinking Age Act. That organization is very defensive of the drinking age and its associated laws. A youth rights movement is important to protect the rights and privileges of young people from those types of organizations. There were people at the party who were 17 and under who drank alcoholic beverages. This is not what the movement to lower the drinking age to 18 encourages. Our movement should not view that situation through the perspective of ageists because if it is viewed through that perspective, then we missed something.

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